Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has responded to calls from the public urging him to add a spine to our squad in order for us to challenge for the Premier League next season, The Guardian reports.
Former players such as Theirry Henry and Paul Merson are among those wanting Wenger to address those key areas, and have been clear in their requests.
“Arsenal need to buy four players, they need that spine,” Henry suggested (via Sky Sports). While Merson recently echoed those statements.
“Every team has to have a good spine to win anything and I think they need new faces in every position down the centre – that’s worrying,” he said (via Sky Sports).
However, the boss believes that football is more complex than adding players.
Defensively, Wenger is of the opinion that stability is key, and labelled champions Chelsea as an example – with the likes of John Terry, Gary Cahill and Branislav Ivanovic playing together for a number of years now.
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“It sounds good,” Wenger replied, when asked about adding a ‘spine’.
“Who doesn’t want a good spine? But to know each other, to play together at the back, in the middle, in the heart of the game, is important as well.
“To add to the extremes, it is sometimes less risky but to add to where the heart of the team is, playing together for a long time is very important.
“We just spoke about Chelsea. They have a stable defence for two or three years now and they conceded less goals than the other teams.”
Wenger’s stubbornness has been a hinderance in the past, but the fact he’s so close to the end in terms of his managerial career would suggest that now is the time to think about the present.
As admirable as his faith in youth and players struggling for confidence is, with just two years left on his deal and now at the age of 65, the boss may not be here to see those players fulfill their potential.
It is time for us to build for the present, and given that the ‘spine’ last time we won the league contained Jens Lehmann, Sol Campbell, Patrick Vieira, and Henry all performing in their prime, it is no surprise to see that we’re still waiting to taste league success once again.
That is the standard.